The Maharashtra government will allocate traffic lanes for the IPL 2022 season
This year’s Indian Premier League will kick off on March 26 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, with the four-time champion Chennai Super Kings taking on the 2021 runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders. This is a departure from the league’s tradition of defending champions playing in the tournament opener at their home ground.
If that tradition, which has been in place since 2009, had continued, the Chennai Super Kings, the eventual champions in 2021, would have played in the Chepauk. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2022 IPL will be played at only four venues in two cities, with three stadiums in Mumbai – Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, and DY Patil Stadium – set to host 55 league games and the remaining 15 scheduled at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune.
A report in the Indian Express claims that the Maharashtra government has also committed to providing a dedicated traffic lane for the tournament in order to ensure that the participating teams can move freely and quickly between grounds and training venues and hotels, and vice versa. The BCCI has expressed its gratitude for the assurance. As far as it is known, the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) ground at the BKC Complex and the Dadoji Kondadev Stadium in Thane have been selected as the teams’ training grounds.